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    THE HANGING OF "BLACK JACK" THE OUTLAW - SET OF TWO REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS - ca. 1907-1920.This is a great set of two real photo postcards of "Black Jack" Ketchum's hanging in Clayton, New Mexico on April 26, 1901. The first image shows Ketchum about to be hanged, and is a negative transfer with good contrast but has lost some focus. The second image is Ketchum's headless body at the foot of the scaffold, and has great contrast and tone. The cards have AZO backs and are unused, measuring 5.5"x 3.5" overall.

    "Black Jack" Thomas Ketchum was a New Mexico train robber and thief from 1892 until he was captured in August 1899. Ketchum had a gang of outlaws that included his brother Sam, who died of a wound he received while in a robbery just before Ketchum was captured. Ketchum was caught in 1899 when he tried to rob a train alone and was shot in the arm, which was later amputated. Ketchum is the only man to be hanged for train robbery in New Mexico, and he is the only recorded outlaw in U.S. history to be decapitated while hanging. A gruesome reminder of justice in early New Mexico.

    Special Thanks to Kathy Weiser and the Legends of America guide for this information


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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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